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First-of-a-kind study shows plastic's toxic effects on human cells


With plastic waste turning up everywhere from Arctic snowfall to Antarctic sea ice, and the world's tallest mountain in between, we're seeing more researchers shift their gaze toward the potential impacts on human health. The latest discovery in this space looks at the volume of plastics we regularly consume through food and water and how this might impact human cells, finding that the concentrations we are exposed to can potentially have toxic effects.

The body of knowledge around the ways plastics might influence our health is building rapidly on the back of research probing their effects on the human body. Much of this centers on plastic that has broken down in the ocean into tiny fragments known as microplastics, which studies have shown are consumed by marine creatures and can then travel up the food chain.
 

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Coastal creatures found living aboard floating trash in the open ocean


Some of the ways plastic waste is reshaping the marine ecosystem are quite insidious, such as the tiny particles that organisms can consume and send traveling up the food chain. Others are plain to see, such as the larger pieces of trash that form the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A new study has shown creatures typically inhabiting coastal areas are hitching rides out to sea aboard this trash, and are able to not just survive out in the open ocean, but thrive hundreds of miles away from home.
 

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The corporate climate migration has begun


Companies large and small, some with longtime roots in their neighborhoods, are on the hunt for new real estate that is less prone to weather and climate extremes.

Why it matters: The corporate migration underway indicates vulnerable communities may see an exodus of large employers in the coming decades as oceans encroach. Inland areas prone to flooding or wildfires mare see similar challenges.
 

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Dell’s Luna laptop concept is all about repairability


Called “Concept Luna,” the proof-of-concept laptop dreamed up by Dell’s design team has a number of unusual features that are intended to make repair and maintenance easy. No screwdrivers or glue solvents are needed to pry loose a broken keyboard or peel off a cracked screen; both components simply pop free after a pair of keystones holding them in place are removed. The entire system contains far fewer screws than a typical Dell laptop, reducing the time needed to replace components. And you’ll never have to worry about replacing a broken fan, because there isn’t one: a shrunken-down motherboard placed in the top cover allows the laptop to passively cool itself.
 

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How Beijing Influences the Influencers


Millions have watched Lee and Oli Barrett’s YouTube dispatches from China. The father and son duo visit hotels in exotic locales, tour out-of-the-way villages, sample delicacies in bustling markets and undergo traditional ear cleanings.

The Barretts are part of a crop of new social media personalities who paint cheery portraits of life as foreigners in China — and also hit back at criticisms of Beijing’s authoritarian governance, its policies toward ethnic minorities and its handling of the coronavirus.
 

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